Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI)
The Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction (SSACI) collaborative, facilitated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), consists of social studies experts, assessment experts, and state department of education professionals. The SSACI collaborative allows education agencies to draw from a large pool of experience that is not available when a state confronts challenges alone.
The states in this group recently released the Vision for the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards. This vision document describes efforts underway to develop a framework, that will serve asguidance for states to use in enhancing their standards for rigor in civics, economics, geography, and history in K-12 schools. The C3 Framework, will ultimately focus on the disciplinary and multidisciplinary concepts and practices that make up the process of investigation, analysis, and explanation which will be informative to states interested in upgrading their social studies standards. Through CCSSO, the states in SSACI are leading this work in collaboration with the National Council for Social Studies and 14 other content organizations representing civics, economics, geography, and history.
SSACI Collaborative Advisor:
Kathy Swan is an associate professor of social studies education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky. Since joining the faculty in 2004, she has been a four-time recipient of the National Technology Leadership Award in Social Studies Education. Swan innovates with web-based interactive technology curriculum including the Historical Scene Investigation Project, the Digital Directors Guild, Digital Docs in a Box and Econocast. Her research has appeared in the International Journal of Social Education, and the Journal of Research on Technology in Education and has been supported by grants from Library of Congress, the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation and the Teach American History program. She is the co-editor of Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education-Social Studies.
Participating States in the Social Studies Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction (SSACI) collaborative:
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, DC, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
AIR, CTB, Discovery, TCI
Los Angeles County Office of Education, University of Delaware
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